The Political Science Department was formally established in 1955, within what was then the Department of Economics and Social Science, as part of a broad effort to develop research and training at MIT in the social sciences. The nucleus of a Political Science faculty had already been formed within the Center for International Studies, a pioneering, interdisciplinary research center working on American foreign policy and security issues, economic and political development in the Third World, Communist societies, and international communication. By 1958, a Ph.D. in political science had been authorized. Political Science became an independent department in 1965, offering an undergraduate major and a Master's degree, as well as the Ph.D.

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  • 17.874 Quantitative Research Methods: Multivariate, Spring 2004 

    Ansolabehere, Stephen (2004-06)
    This course is the second semester in the statistics sequence for political science and public policy offered in the Political Science Department at MIT. The intellectual thrust of the course is a presentation of statistical ...
  • 17.872 Quantitative Research in Political Science and Public Policy, Spring 2004 

    Ansolabehere, Stephen (2004-06)
    This course provides students with a rigorous introduction to Statistics for Political Science. Topics include basic mathematical tools used in social science modeling and statistics, probability theory, theory of estimation ...
  • 17.471 American National Security Policy, Fall 2002 

    Meyer, Steve (2002-12)
    This course examines the problems and issues confronting American national security policymakers and the many factors that influence the policies that emerge. But this is not a course about "threats," military strategies, ...

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